LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Ben McLemore and Travis Releford scored 17 points each, Jeff Withey had 14 points and blocked five shots, and ninth-ranked Kansas cruised to an 89-60 victory over Belmont on Saturday night.
Andrew White III added 15 points off the bench for the Jayhawks (8-1), who used suffocating defense and peerless transition offense early in the second half to put away the Bruins (6-3), a mid-major darling that has been to the NCAA tournament five of the past seven years.
Kansas won its 27th straight game at Allen Fieldhouse and 60th against a non-conference opponent. Jayhawks coach Bill Self improved to 150-7 at the venerable on-campus arena.
Trevor Noack scored a career-high 19 points for the Bruins, but he couldn't overcome their lousy outside shooting by himself. One of the nation's best 3-point shooting teams, Belmont was held to 21.1 percent (8 of 38) from beyond the arc.
It's never too late for a beautiful strike.
In the national semifinals between Virginia and Wake Forest, Hoos' leading scorer Daryl Dike, scored a goal for the ages.
Dike tracked this ball perfectly and buried it past Andrew Pannenberg on his first touch.
Dike wasn't done there, stretching the lead to 2-0 with this beauty of a header:
Next up for UVA is the national championship title game Sunday, December 15th at 6 p.m., where they'll face off with Georgetown in Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.
The Washington Wizards announced the passing of John Wall's mother, Frances Pulley on Friday.
Wall's mother had been battling cancer before her passing. She was 58.
In a statement on Twitter, the Wizards said, "Sending thoughts and love for John Wall and his family after the passing of his mother, Frances Pulley. She will forever be a part of our #DCFamily."
Zach Leonsis, the senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, also released a statement:
"Thinking of @JohnWall and his family right now. Keeping you guys in our prayers. So terribly sorry for your loss and know that she will be remembered forever. #DCFamily
Wall's Kentucky coach, John Calipari also expressed his condolences for his former star:
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